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Materials that can Become Combustible under Specific Situations

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Clean Air Solutions | 0 comments

One important task of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is regulation harmful dusts, weld fumes and other airborne particulates in the workplace. This is in line with its mission, which is to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

As explained in a website called RoboVent, OSHA’s authority comes out of its “General Duty Clause,” which says that employers shall furnish their employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that can causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.  To ensure these, OSHA has set “permissible exposure limits” (PEL’s) for workers in facilities where airborne contaminants are an issue. These limits set the amount or volume of any type of substance workers can be exposed to over the course of their shift (usually 8 hours). Substances, which can be harmful to workers, include cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, nickel, and manganese, among others.

Harmful airborne metallic particulates, however, are not the concern of OSHA. There are also toxic fumes, like weld fume, and different types of dusts which, though may not be toxic, can nevertheless affect how workers perform their job. Sources of these dusts include process systems involving wood, paper, food and production of pharmaceutical products.

There is one type of dust that can cause great harm, however: combustible dust. There are many different kinds of materials that can become combustible under specific situations. A few of these materials include: metals such as aluminum, bronze, magnesium and zinc; chemical dusts, such as coal and sulphur; pharmaceuticals; pesticides; rubber; wood; textiles; plastics; and, agricultural products, such as egg whites, powdered milk, cornstarch, sugar, flour, grain, potato, and rice. Essentially, any type of workplace where dust is produced is potentially at risk, workplaces, like grain elevators, food production facilities, chemical manufacturing facilities, metal processing facilities, woodworking facilities, recycling facilities, and coal-fired power plants.

To avoid risks of explosion in facilities where dust is generated, employers will need to implement serious air quality controls, such as by using dust collectors. An efficient and effective dust and fume collection system will not only help prevent accidental explosions due to combustible dusts; it will also enable manufacturers to comply with the air quality requirements set by OSHA and other air quality regulations.

 

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If it were not for Someone Else’s Negligent Behavior, You would not have been in a Serious Wreck and would not have Sustained Injuries

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Accidents | 0 comments

If it were not for Someone Else’s Negligent Behavior, You would not have been in a Serious Wreck and would not have Sustained Injuries

If something distracts you or catches your attention while you are behind the wheel, causing you to veer your focus on that thing rather than on the road ahead, then something unpleasant may just likely happen.

According to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aside from driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), there are other forms of dangerous road behavior which continue to compromise the safety of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders. These are reckless driving, overspeeding or driving at a speed that is unsafe due to poor road condition, and distracted driving, which is now major threat on the road too.

Distracted driving takes many different forms, so many of which are very ordinary acts, making drivers fail to realize that they are already being distracted. These include: talking or arguing with a passenger; eating; reaching for an object, like from the back seat of the car, causing a driver to look away from the road as well as take one hand off the wheel; adjusting a car radio or a GPS device; using a laptop; reading a map for directions; playing with a child or a pet; applying make-up; fixing a tie; lighting a cigarette; and so forth. One form of distracted driving that has worsened over the years, though, is cell phone use, whether to text, call someone or answer a call. In fact, cell phone use is identified as the worst and most dangerous form of distracted driving so many drivers are guilty of.

According to the website DISTRACTION.GOV: Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving, the average time that a person takes his/her eyes off the road while texting is five seconds; at 55 miles per hour, a person can also drive through a football field at this same length of time.

Based on National Safety Council records, as many as 1.6 million car crashes, due to cell phone use, occur on U.S. roads and highways annually. These crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), translate to 1,153 injuries and 9 deaths every day. But while those guilty of the act of using a cell phone while driving include drivers of all ages, majority of them are found to be young drivers, aged between 17 and 24; these same people confessed to have been texting someone when they crashed.

The Williams Kherkher law firm says, “For a country that relies so heavily on automobiles, our ability to drive safely is quite easily and frequently compromised by various distractions. Drivers who engage in other activities while driving take a portion of the attention they should afford to the road and exhaust it on something else. The effects of distracted driving can be disastrous and result in serious injury or even death.

The state of Texan, according to Benton Law Firm, “has one of the worst records in the country for car accidents. In 2012, there were around 63,000 serious injury crashes in the state, with 87,000 people sustaining serious injuries from these crashes. Large cities such as Dallas, Houston, and Austin have begun “no refusal weekends” as an effort to combat drunk driving crashes. During these weekends, law enforcement officers can pull over suspected drunk drivers and have a magistrate on speed dial who will approve a warrant for a blood test to test the driver’s blood alcohol content level. This has had a tremendous impact at curbing drunk driving accidents during major holiday weekends such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July.

Speeding, driver distraction, failure to drive in a single lane, driving under the influence, and driving under the speed limit are several of the top contributing factors for serious accidents. If a driver participating in any of these factors caused an accident which resulted in injuries to yourself or family members, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, because if it were not for the driver’s negligent behavior, you would not have been in a serious wreck and would not have sustained injuries.”

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Cerebral Palsy as a Result of Medical Negligence

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that affects a person’s movement with significant effect on muscle tone and posture. The Mayo Clinic calls it a “disorder of movement” and notes that the condition is caused by damage to a developing brain, usually before a child is even born. Also referred to as “CP” for short, cerebral palsy is characterized by muscle stiffness, impaired movement due to abnormal reflexes, abnormal posture, and unsteady walking.

There is no easy answer to the question of what causes cerebral palsy. A general response would be to say that CP is caused by damage that stalls the development of the brain and leads to irregularities. A more specific answer can be arrived at by tackling how this damage happens in the first place. The most common causes for disruption in brain development include gene mutations, infections suffered by the infant or the mother if the child is still in utero, fetal strokes, traumatic head injuries, as well as lack of oxygen. Note that except for a possible gene mutation, most of these scenarios can be caused by accidents that can occur during or before childbirth and are preventable with proper medical attention. For example, doctors who fail to treat the infection of an expectant mother, or those who fail to address complications during a mother’s labor and delivery, could have easily prevented possible brain damage had they taken extra care with their patients.

Cerebral palsy is a condition that has a profound and lasting effect on people’s lives. As such, it’s important that we review how infants end up suffering from brain damage that leads to CP to then learn about how we can prevent it from happening. It’s especially important to remember that medical professionals play a huge role in achieving this goal. As noted by RRS Law, negligent doctors who cause injury to the patients in their care should be held accountable for their actions.

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Debunking Car Insurance Myths

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in car insurance | 0 comments

Having car insurance can save you a lot of expenses. When you get involved in an accident, it is automatic that you will have to spend on repairs and if you were deemed at fault, you could also end up paying up for the expenses of the other driver. The website of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, tells us that finding affordable car insurance can be easy if you know where to find it.

While there are a variety of options for car insurance, there are many wrong assumptions that can affect the selection process. When you believe these false information, you could end up buying insurance coverage that is not right for you. Here are some common myths that can greatly affect your choice of auto insurance policy.

The Older You Are, The Higher Is your Insurance Premium

As drivers become older, they experience varying problems that can make them prone to accidents. Their eyesight deteriorates as well as their reflexes so insurance companies are likely to increase their premium rates.
The truth of the matter is that regardless of age, older drivers can still qualify for reduced insurance rates by completing a safe driving course. Discount rates may vary depending on the provider so check with your insurance company.

The Color of Car Does Not Matter

Whether it’s red, green, yellow, or any other color, it will not increase your insurance premium. Other factors will come into play such as body type, size of engine, and overall safety record.

You Can Decrease Your Insurance Rate By Not Reporting An Accident

If you do not report the accident your insurance carrier will still know about it. The other driver will file a claim with their provider who will then file a claim against you and your insurance provider. When it reaches your carrier, your premiums will increase. In addition, if a ticket was issued to you as a result of the crash, it will reflect on your driving record triggering a premium increase.

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Pet Therapy

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Pet Therapy | 0 comments

As some age, physical and mental obstacles may arise, such as dementia, hip fractures, and immobility. For those elders with a deteriorating health, assisted living is a quality choice of treatment, but sometimes that care isn’t enough. A recent form of therapy for unhappy patients has been introduced in which seniors can interact and take care of pets. According to SeniorAdvice.com, animal therapy has proven very beneficial for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, even those experiencing depression or loneliness.

The bond between people and animals can be extremely therapeutic in situations like assisted living. Aside from the pleasure that comes with petting or playing with an animal, the contact causes an increase in the production of serotonin, which decreases blood pressure and reduces stress. A daily routine with therapy pets can actually improve the medical condition and interaction skills of a patient, not to mention provide a lonely senior with a companion. Keeping a pet in an assisted living environment can improve the overall condition of an elder, from increasing physical activity by walking a dog to bringing shy patients out of their shells. Pet therapy can even revive a forgotten memory of someone with dementia. One’s motivation to engage in the world can be reinforced through brushing, petting, or feeding the animal.

Of course, an animal requires special training and must possess the right personality for it to be appropriate for playing with senior citizens. There are pets prepared for different scenarios, such as crowd interaction or individual companionship. However, the patients are responsible as well, as they must tend to the needs of the animal and provide proper treatment as to not startle or tempt the therapy pet.

In times when aging can impairs one’s abilities and cause unhappiness, sometimes a loving relationship with an animal is all it takes to bring meaning back to an elder’s life. Under the right preparations, pet therapy can significantly benefit the physical and mental state of a senior patient in assisted living.

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